Of the various abbreviations for different neighborhoods in New York, DUMBO wins the prize for cutest: It stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It is a little off the beaten path, though you may find yourself here if you have strolled over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, or were just touring Brooklyn Heights and kept walking north. Its streets offer some iconic images, with the piers of the Manhattan Bridge looming at the end of streets lined with 19th-century warehouses. It is also home to St. Ann’s Warehouse (45 Water St.), one of the city’s most innovative theater venues, and a number of restaurants and bars. If you are exploring with kids in tow, you may want to stop at Jane’s Carousel, a restored 1922 merry-go-round in a pavilion designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Afterward, stop at Jacques Torres Chocolate (66 Water St.) for a cup of his signature hot chocolate.

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Cobble Stone and Beautiful Views in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Dumbo is one of those places that can easily make even the most passé New Yorker remember why they love this place. With plenty of restaurants, galleries and the park under the Brooklyn bridge with breath taking views - Dumbo is a must for another great day or night in Brooklyn.

Colorful & Vibrant Neighborhood

The secret is out. “Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass”, there lies a Brooklyn neighborhood with understandably immense appeal - DUMBO. Who can resist cobblestone streets, waterfront parks, colorful art and sweeping views of Manhattan? This used to be a gritty area of warehouses and artists’ studios, but over the past several years, DUMBO’s development has enticed scores of young professionals and families. There’s a reason why the real estate here has soared as people have discovered what was once a well-kept secret. Easy to access by subway, DUMBO is a great day trip if you are visiting the city. Some of my favorites: - Take in the sweeping views of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park, then ride Jane’s Carousel on the waterfront - Stop at Almondine Bakery (85 Water Street) for freshly-baked pastries and coffee - Browse for beautiful art books at powerHouse Arena (37 Main Street), a landmark art gallery, bookstore, and performance space - Hit the DUMBO Arts Festival (Sept), an indoor/outdoor art, music and performance celebration that fills the streets - Indulge in a fancy grilled cheese at the popular Little Muenster Tiny (145 Front Street) P.S. - right next to DUMBO are the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. A 2-hour Urban Oyster tour gives you the skinny on this fascinating, historical area.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Stood there in the sunrays, engaging a moment of love, a moment of stillness. In the background, Brooklyn Bridge...it’s large, ovrshadowing beauty, allowing passers-by to be captivated. Brooklyn’s official motto is true to itself in this setting..."In Unity, there is Strenght”.

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